Prof. Dr. Jozef Bátora


Professor, Webster Vienna Private University
Professor, Comenius University, Bratislava




Courses taught at WVPU

  • Diplomatic History
  • International Security
  • EU Foreign Policy


  • PhD in Political Science University of Oslo (2006)
  • M.Phil. in Public Administration University of Bergen (1999)
  • BSc. in Political Science Comenius University, Bratislava (1997) 

Background and Facts

Prof. Bátora’s research focuses on institutions and their change, organization theory, diplomacy, security, EU’s external relations, EU governance and identity formation in international relations. His work was published in a number of peer reviewed journals including Journal of European Public Policy, West European Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, International Relations and Cambridge Review of International Affairs.
His current research projects Focus on, first, the formation of ‘interstitial organizations’ - organizations emerging in spaces between established institutional fields, tapping into resources located in various institutional fields and recombining those to form new patterns of organized action. This includes organizations such as the European External Action Service or private military corporations. Second, he studies the EU’s role in crisis management in the EU neighborhood with a particular focus on Western Balkans. Third, he analyzes the formation of “thought communities” among the publics in EU member states sharing frames and concepts of the EU as a political order. Finally, he studies processes of adaptation to governance crises in the EU’s differentiated political order.



  • Bátora, J. and Hynek, N. (2014): Fringe Players and the Diplomatic Order: New Heteronomy. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Book Chapters:

  • Bátora,J. (2018): "Regional Institutional Diplomacies: Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Other Regions" in Kerr, P. and Wiseman, G. (eds.): Diplomacy in a Globalizing World: Theories and Practices. 2nd Ed., New York: Oxford UP, pp. 308-327
  • Bátora, J. (2017): "Turbulence and War: Private Military Corporations and the Reinstitutionalization of War Making" in Ansell, C. et al (eds.): Governance in Turbulent Times. Oxford: Oxford UP, pp. 181-201
  • Bátora, J. (2017): "Slovakia's Layered Entry into International Society and the Possibilities of its Exit" in Ejdus, F. (ed.): Memories of Empire and Entry into International Society. London: Routledge, pp. 138-157

Scientific Articles:

  • Bátora, J. (2017) “Reinvigorating the Rotating Presidency: Slovakia and Agenda-Setting in the EU’s External Relations” in Global Affairs, Nov. 2017, pp. 1–13.
  • Bátora, J. et al (2017): "The EU's Crisis Management in the Kosovo-Serbia Crises" EUNPACK Working Paper No 3
  • Bátora, J. (2013): “The ‘Mitrailleuse Effect’: The EEAS as an Interstitial Organization and the Dynamics of Innovation in Diplomacy” in Journal of Common Market Studies, 51(4): 598-614
  • Bátora, J. (2013): “Compliance and Non-Compliance as Sources of Recognition: Slovakia and NATO” in Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 46(3): 387-396
  • Bátora, J. and Pulišová, V. (2013): Slovakia: Learning to Add Value to EU Foreign Policy“ in Baun, Michael and Marek, Dan (eds.): The New Member States and the European Union: Foreign Policy and Europeanization“ London: Routledge
  • Bátora, J. (2012): “Europeanization of Foreign Policy: Whither Central Europe?“ in Sabic, Z. and Drulák, P. (eds.): Regional and International Relations of Central Europe. London: Palgrave, pp. 220-238.